Family Matters National Week of Action

Today marks the beginning of a national week of action for Family Matters, a campaign to address the growing over-representation of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children and young people in child protection and care. Aboriginal children are currently being removed from their families at almost ten times the rate of non-Aboriginal children across Australia.… 

Federal Budget 2018: Welcome news for those needing home-care support

Following the Coalition Government’s past cuts to the aged-care budget of more than $2bn as a result of adjustments to the residential care funding formula, the announcement of a $1.6 billion aged-care and retirees package is welcome news. “While we welcome these additional packages, this number falls well short of those needed and does little… 

2018 Budget doesn't go far enough for First Nations

The 2018-19 Budget has included announcements that affect Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples. Whilst some measures are set to deliver an increase to services and are seen as a positive step forward, one would have expected more attention to be paid to addressing the persistent and growing gaps in disadvantage.  Media release ATSI Budget 2018

New approach to resolve SA’s child protection crisis

Major social service organisations have called on the Parliament to show leadership on South Australia’s growing child protection crisis. AnglicareSA and Uniting Communities have today challenged the incoming government to tackle the economic and community costs of our broken child protection system. Child protection advocate Belinda Valentine, grandmother of Chloe Valentine, said that families must… 

10th National Apology Day anniversary a chance to reflect and continue healing

Leading South Australian not-for-profit Uniting Communities will lead the annual Apology Day event in Adelaide tomorrow, the 10th anniversary of the National Apology to Australia’s Indigenous people. Honouring the Stolen Generations, this year’s event will begin with a peaceful walk from Tarntanyangga/Victoria Square to Veale Gardens. Committee Chairperson and Uniting Communities’ staff member, Tangi Ngateina,… 

Stop punitive cashless card in its tracks!

WE NEED TO STOP PUNITIVE CASHLESS CARD IN ITS TRACKS, NOT EXTEND THE AGONY!  Uniting Communities welcomes the position taken by Labor, the Greens and the Nick Xenophon Team (NXT) to block the Coalition Government’s intention to expand the Cashless Debit Card trial on a national basis. While the Greens have opposed the Card from… 

South Australian disability sector calls on the Commonwealth to improve NDIS rollout

Uniting Communities was proud to join forces with the State Government and a number of disability service providers to call on the Federal Government to ensure a smooth transition to the NDIS in South Australia. Uniting Communities Chief Executive, Simon Schrapel, says, “Uniting Communities wants to work collaboratively with the NDIA and the South Australian… 

Simon Schrapel: Saving at-risk families must be a major priority at the election

Published in The Advertiser, January 7 2018 Over the next nine weeks leading into South Australia’s much-hyped state election much will be said and promised about the future priorities for our state. There will rightly be commitments about economic development and job creation, about the cost and reliability of our power supply and on issues…